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Fraud email example:
From: "luckydaywinners notification2005" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 11:07:45 +0000
43 North End Road,
London W14 8SZ
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
LUCKYDAY E-MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
BATCH NO: PTP/31211214257/190888/2202
REF. NO: PTP/21449267220/255100//2202
WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL
This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL LOTTERY
BALLOT INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD. Your name
attached to ticket number 219028657434 with Serial number
918735625 drew the lucky numbers of 21-70-81-82-99, which
consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of
1,000,000.00euros only, which is deposited with the United
Kingdom Clearing house in your favor as beneficiary and
covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY. It is important that
keep your winning confidential to avoid people garnering
your information and subsequently making claim with your
winning paraphernalia informationís, lucky day lottery
international will decline payment if such irregularity
All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from only Microsoft users from over 20,000.00
companies and 3,000,000.00 individual email addresses and
names from all over the world. To begin your lottery claim,
please contact our agent below that have been appointed for
the processing of your claim with your contact telephone
and fax number to begin the processing of your payment.
This promotion is offered only electronically via the Internet and is
open to all persons from age 18 years and above with a valid email
address and who live in any of the aforementioned
countries. This promotion is void in all other countries and is also
void where prohibited.
Principals and employees of Lucky day Lottery Promos and its
respective Parents, subsidiaries and their immediate families are not
It is our standard practice to allocate accredited agents for the
processing of claims application. It is even more imperative for
overseas winners. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised as a
matter of urgency, to contact the under listed licensed and accredited
claims agent for the processing of your prize awards winning. Please contact the clearing house (through your claims agent only) the body assigned with the verification of all emergent winner. Therefore all protocols laid down by them must be followed to facilitate your claims;
CONTACT NAME: CLARK DUNCAN
CITY/ COUNTRY: LONDON, ENGLAND.
TELEPHONE: +4470 4011 7428
FAX: 44- 870 -135- 5097
(a) Note that there exists a periodic condition on all claims process,
failing which would lead to disqualification and winnings Forfeiture.
Winners are therefore advised to expedite their claims process.
(b) Being one of the lucky winners, you constitute entrant's full and
unconditional agreement to and acceptance of our terms and conditions
of claims to avoid any discrepancy in the cause of payment of your
prize awards winning.
(c) To avoid double claims, you are advised to keep your winning
details very confidential, as any discrepancies resulting from a breach
of this confidentiality on the part of the winners will be covered
solely by such winner as our staffs are bound by the oath of secrecy taken on employment.
Congratulations again from all our staffs and thank you for being part
of our Promotions program.
NB: PLEASE SEE THAT YOU QUOTE YOUR REF AND BATCH NUMBERS IN YOUR
Correspondence TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT.
The Lucky Day Lottery Promos Awards is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell computers, and a conglomeration of other international IT companies. The lucky DAY LOTTERY internet draws in each quarter of the year and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that up to 100 Million Euros are won annually in more than 150 Countries worldwide.